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Southern cricket frog (Acris gryllus)

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  Image of Southern cricket frog (Acris gryllus)
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  Range Map for Southern cricket frog (Acris gryllus)
  Range map source: USGS National Amphibian Atlas, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Small hylid frog reaching up to 1.25 inches in snout-vent length. Very similar to A. crepitans; however, head is slightly more pointed. Skin is warty, toes are webbed, and toe discs only slightly larger than toes. Webbing is absent on last three joints of toes. When rotated forward, the hind heel extends past the end of the snout. Dorsum is gray, green, or rust with a red, bright-green or yellow mid-dorsal stripe present on most individuals. A dark triangle or v-shaped spot is generally present between eyes and snout and is marked with many vertical bars ranging from darker to lighter shades. Sings a quickly repeated "gick" throughout the year. Call resembles the sound made when striking two pebbles together. Breeds March to September. Females lay up to 250 eggs. Eggs are attached individually or in small masses to grass blades or are dropped into water and settle at the bottom. Inhabits the same areas as A. crepitans. Species occurs in the Florida Parishes in Louisiana.

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